5 reasons Tirana took me by surprise

You always travel to a new place weighed down by expectations. From the pictures I had seen of Tirana, I anticipated to step into a concrete jungle of unsightly apartment blocks spilling out beneath Mount Dajti – hardly an alluring image. And while these preconceptions were not far off the mark, Tirana turned out to... Continue Reading →

Literary Voyage – Latvia

As a helpless sentimentalist, I tend to hunt for unique keepsakes to commemorate new countries or places I visit. While some destinations present obvious choices for souvenirs (e.g. amber jewelry from Gdansk or babouche slippers from Morocco) others can be trickier. In order to avoid the pitfall of aimlessly venturing into a tacky souvenir shop... Continue Reading →

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